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May 30th, 2014

Fired teacher to sue city for $2M

May 30, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A legal claim seeking more than $2 million in damages has been filed against the Woonsocket Education Department by a veteran teacher who claims she was fired in 2013 for protesting improper budget cuts in special education programs.

Cynthia Boss claims school officials were unlawfully shifting special education students into regular classrooms at the same time their performance auditors were recommending a 5 percent cut in the special education budget.

May 29th

Backyard chickens proposal returns

May 29, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A little more than a year after the City Council overwhelmingly scratched the idea, the panel will take another crack at allowing residents to keep backyard chickens Monday.
The proposal, which is more restrictive than the one defeated by the council last April, is sponsored by three of the council’s seven members, which very likely means it’s already just one vote short of approval.

May 28th

Woonsocket officials eye employment measure

May 28, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The House of Representatives has passed a Woonsocket-focused measure that would relax the state’s employment restrictions on retired municipal workers, which have already forced two of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt’s department directors to resign.

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May 26th

Domestic violence hits home: Part 3: Abusers face their demons in group therapy

May 26, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Hoodies, sneakers and sports caps are the preferred attire for these seven men, a group that appears mostly in their 20s, from a veritable rainbow of ethnic backgrounds.

May 25th

Domestic violence, Part 2: Suffering in silence

May 25, 2014

WOONSOCKET – For many years, Victoria had two reliable companions: shame and silence.

By the time she was 16 years old, her self-esteem was already on the skids. She’d been sexually abused by a family member as a little girl, and later date-raped by a neighbor old enough to be her father.

May 24th

Domestic violence hits home: Part 1

May 24, 2014

Judging from the entries on the arrest log, the Woonsocket Police Department seems to spend the better part of some days responding to domestic assaults and related crimes.
That’s hardly a scientific assessment, but here’s a way to put it that is: Adjusted for population, the WPD arrests more people for domestic crimes than any other major city in the state.
By far.

May 23rd

St. Ann Church celebrates 100 years tonight

May 23, 2014

WOONSOCKET – You only have to walk through the front door of St. Ann Church on Cumberland Street to understand why a dedicated group of volunteers work tirelessly to keep the now 100-year-old French Canadian Catholic church maintained and available to visitors.
Its walls and ceilings are covered with religious fresco paintings completed by Italian artist Guido Nincheri and his work has earned St. Ann Church the title of the Sistine Chapel of America.

May 22nd

Speaker: Pay 38 Studios bonds

May 22, 2014

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says “it is in the best interest of the state” to pay the 38 Studios bonds and that he has the “overwhelming support” of House Democrats to do so.
Mattiello made that announcement at the end of a 90 minute Democratic caucus at which he told the members of his party what he learned when he, joined by Majority Leader John DeSimone and members of their staff, visited the offices of the Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s rating services in New York on Wednesday.

May 21st

THIS JUST IN: Tyler to undergo bone marrow transplant

May 21, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – Tyler Seddon, the Pascoag boy who celebrated his seventh birthday in March with the help of thousands of police officers and firefighters, is scheduled to undergo a bone marrow transplant to treat his leukemia during the first week of June.
Tyler, who was declared cancer free last month, will be admitted to the hospital Friday where he will undergo tests and preparations for the transplant, which is tentatively scheduled for June 2-3.

May 20th

Cumberland board to review proposed $88M budget

May 20, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The Town Council’s Finance Subcommittee will open review of Mayor Daniel J. McKee’s proposed $88 million town budget for 2014-2015 when the three-member panel meets Thursday night in the Town Council chamber beginning at 6:30 p.m.

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Ethics Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to pursue investigations of complaints...
WOONSOCKET – Local residents and educators once again called on the City Council Monday night to take action against a...
CUMBERLAND – Mayor Daniel J. McKee will be able to leave office in January knowing that savings from his work to revise...

 

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